Tis Returns to Italy! Day 67: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly in Monopoli

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Dining Room in Monopoli, Italy
Dining Room in Monopoli, Italy

Lisa of Tis Travels is on a three-month journey through Italy, exploring, eating, and living like an Italian. Follow along on “Tis Travels” on Facebook and Instagram!

Today I woke up to a 70-degree day in Polignano!  I decided to take the 6-minute train trip to Monopoli, another beautiful town by the sea. 

The Good

When I arrived, I made my way to the waterfront where the old city center with its winding streets and whitewashed homes is. I stumbled upon a little piazza with a few restaurants. It was a bit cool so I asked for a table inside and was seated in a fancy dining room which I was not expecting based on the exterior. 

The staff were super friendly! This seemed like the perfect setting to treat myself to a nice seafood meal. I’ve been wanting to do that since arriving in Bari almost two weeks ago. I ordered grilled swordfish and vegetables and enjoyed the moment. When my lunch arrived, it was simple perfection. 

The Bad

After leaving the restaurant, I headed down to find the waterfront that I’d seen in so many lovely photos. I was very excited as Monopoli is supposed to be one of the loveliest towns in Southern Italy. When I arrived at the spot I’d seen in so many photos, I was stunned. What an utter disappointment! Those photos must have been edited to remove all the trash polluting the water. It was fairly disgusting and not at all what I expected. 

I wasted 6-minutes of my life on the train here that I can never get back for this? Don’t get me wrong, it has potential but the town really needs to spruce that spot on the waterfront up a bit if they want to keep attracting tourists.

The Ugly

After walking by the water in a spot that was actually nice, I decided to head back to Polignano. After a ten-minute walk, I reached the train station and purchased my return ticket. I had a little time and was in need of the restroom which was a little shed off to the side of the station. As I was utilizing the facilities, something seemed off. I looked up and some little shit was trying to jump up on the toilet next to me and peek over at the Tisdale jewels. SERIOUSLY?

I yelled at him that he better get out before I was finished or I’d make him regret that ill-informed choice. I stormed out of the bathroom and looked around the station for him. He better be glad I did not find his scrawny excuse for a person.

Oh Monopoli, you just proved why I often say it is best to enjoy the spot you are in instead of moving around too much.

Ciao for now!


Lisa Tisdale

Lisa Tisdale has traveled all over the world, writing about her experiences and making local contacts. She recently completed a three-month trip through Italy, exploring her favorite country’s food, wine, and sites, and making new friends!

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